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TOP OF THE TOONS; MALKY MCCORMICK 1943-2019 Legendary cartoonist who gave Big Yin Sir Billy his nickname dies at 76.


CELEBRATED cartoonist caricaturist Malky McCormick, whose work graced newspapers five decades, has died aged 76.

Glasgow-born Malky, who diagnosed with vascular dementia years ago, had been living in a care home in Ayrshire since losing wife Ann to cancer.

It was his friendship with Billy Connolly that propelled Malky to prominence the 70s in our sister title the Sunday Mail.

In 1973, the banjo-playing pals created comic strip The Big Yin. It not only helped launch Malky's artistic career but, in turn, gave Sir Billy his famous nickname.

Malky once said: "I met Billy through my band, The Vindscreen Vipers, and ended up doing a collection of cartoons.

"I was trying to think of a name the strip. At the time, Billy was doing routine called The Crucifixion, based on the idea that The Last Supper place in Glasgow. Billy referred to Jesus as The Big Yin and I thought, 'Aye, that's a good name.' So, in the cartoon, Billy became The Big Yin and I became his sidekick, Wee Man."

Other work he was particularly proud of is a Rolling Stones drawing the band autographed in 1966, and a sketch of Kilmarnock's Scottish Cup team of 1997.

When his beloved Killie won the trophy, beating Falkirk 1-0, Malky wore a blue-and-white striped suit made out of a pub toilet towel.

He worked on comics and magazines, and drew Biffo the Bear for The Beano.

Malky was also a graphic artist and designer with Scottish Television.

He was a cartoonist on ITV quiz show Win, Lose or Draw and his drawings of football bosses went on show at the Scottish Football Museum.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to him, tweeting: "This is really sad news about Malky McCormick. He was a character, an immense talent and a lovely man. RIP."

Malky is survived by his daughter Jane, and sons Sean and Dominic.


BANJO BUDDY Malky did Big Yin cartoon about his pal Billy Connolly

QUICK ON DRAW Malky with anti-bigotry cartoon and, above, 1990 World Cup sketches

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Date:Apr 16, 2019
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